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Dear brothers and sisters,

Welcome to the web page of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church of Issaquah, Washington. We greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Welcome!

CELEBRATION OF THE PATRON SAINT SAVA

THE HOLY PASCHA

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Saturday, April 30th  –  11:30 pm 

Paschal Nocturne – Procession & Paschal Matins 

Mat 1st –  00:15 am Paschal Divine Liturgy 

– 02:00 am the Blessing of Foods/Eggs & Paschal Breakfast

– 12 pm – Paschal Agape Vespers with Paschal Parish Luncheon

PALM SUNDAY

The-Entrance-of-Our-Lord-Jesus-Christ-into-Jerusalem-Sunday-before-PaschaOn the Sunday before the Feast of Great and Holy Pascha and at the beginning of Holy Week, the Orthodox Church celebrates one of its most joyous feasts of the year. Palm Sunday is the commemoration of the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem following His glorious miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. Having anticipated His arrival and having heard of the miracle, the people when out to meet the Lord and welcomed Him with displays of honor and shouts of praise. On this day, we receive and worship Christ in this same manner, acknowledging Him as our King and Lord.

Palm Sunday is celebrated with the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, which is preceded by the Matins service. A Great Vespers is conducted on Saturday evening according to the order prescribed in the Triodion.

On this Sunday, in addition to the Divine Liturgy, the Church observes the Blessing and Distribution of the Palms. A basket containing the woven palm crosses is placed on a table in front of the icon of the Lord, which is on the Iconostasion. . The palms are then distributed to the faithful. In many places today, the prayer is said at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, before the apolysis. The text of the prayer, however, indicates clearly that it is less a prayer for the blessing of the palms, even though that is its title, and more a blessing upon those, who in imitation of the New Testament event hold palms in their hands as symbols of Christ’s victory and as signs of a virtuous Christian life. It appears then, that it would be more correct to have the faithful hold the palms in their hands during the course of the Divine Liturgy when the Church celebrates both the presence and the coming of the Lord in the mystery of the Eucharist.

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Прошле недеље у цркви Свети Сава у Исакви почели часови српског језика за децу. На часовима се говори искључиво српски и жеља је да деца науче наше писмо, побољшају знање језика и да се старија деца упознају са српском књижевношћу. Такође, наша деца одрастају у доста неуобичајеном српско-америчком окружењу и за њихово самопоуздање и психолошки развој је веома битно да се упознају и друже са сличним вршњацима. Професори су волонтери из наше парохије као и дипломирани лингвиста која ће радити са старијом децом.

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Иницијативе као ова доста су значајне за малу заједницу као што је наша у држави Вашингтон. Надам се да ћете то препознати и својим одзивом повећати број ђака и омогућити школи српског језика да се трајно установи као активност која ће обогатити културни живот наше заједнице овде.

Часови се одржавају сваке друге недеље у цркви. Почетак часова је после причешћа  (нешто после 11 часова) и одржавају се у просторијама на спрату у које се улази из задњег дела главне дворане цркве. Ово је пилот програм који ће имати 5 часова пре летњег распуста. Пуни програм почиње следеће јесени у септембру и за њега је потребан упис.

Први следећи час је ове недеље (4/10/2016). Деца су подељена у грпе по узрасту:
1. млађа 6**-8
2. средња 9-11
3. старија 12-15.
** деца од 5 могу да се упишу у најмлађу групу али под условом да не ометају наставу

За упис у школу и додатне информације можете да контактирате Силвију Јаковљевић (jaksilvija@gmail.com) и такође можете погледати фејсбук страницу цркве.

April 2016 Monthly Bulletin and Service Schedule

Download file: APRIL BULLETIN

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March 2016 Monthly Bulletin and Service Schedule

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Download file: MARCH 2016 BULLETIN

Forthcoming visit of His Grace Bishop Dr. Maxiм

LET US ALL GREET OUR FATHER AND BISHOP MAXIM IN FRONT OF OUR CHURCH AT 05:45 PM ON SATURDAY MARCH 12TH AND AT 09:45 AM ON SUNDAY, MARCH 13th.

AFTER THE DIVINE ARCHIERARCHICAL LITURGY, DURING THE LUNCH, AS WELvladika-zapadnoamericki-maksimL AS ON SATURDAY AFTER THE VESPER SERVICE, WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO OUR BISHOP AND TO HEAR HIS PERSPECTIVE ON CERTAIN TOPICS AND CONTEMPORARY CHALENGES ORTHODOXY IS FACING TODAY.

His Grace Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic) of Hum was elected for the Western Diocese at the regular assembly of the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 2006. Bishop Maxim is docent of Divinity School at the Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrade, and was teaching Christian Anthropology and Sociology at the Theological Faculty of the University of East Sarajevo and Patrology at the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois.

Bishop Maxim graduated at the Theological Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1993. In 1998 he completed his Masters of Theology at the University of Athens in 1996, and then three years later, in 1999, at the same university, he defended his doctorate in the field of Dogmatics and Patristics. He worked for one year on his post-doctorate in Paris and the Sorbonne in 2003-04, in the field of Byzantine History and Theology. During this time, he also delved in the theory and practical application of painting, under the guidance of A. Pinkas at the French Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. He speaks Greek, French, Russian and English.

“See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as ye would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. […] Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Universal Church. […] Whatsoever [the bishop] shall approve of, that is also pleasing to God, so that everything that is done may be secure and valid.” (St. Ignatius: Letter to the Smyrnaeans; Ch 8).

SCHEDULLE OF HIS GRACE’S VISIT-

SATURDAY MARCH 12th:

  • 10:00 am – DIVINE ARCHIERARCHICAL LITURGY AT THE “POKROV CHURCH” Address:833 S Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98108
  • 06:00 pm – VESPER SERVICE AT SAINT SAVA CHURCH, PROGRAM, DINNER, LECTURE

SUNDAY MARCH 13th:

  • 09:45 am – DIVINE ARCHIERARCHICAL LITURGY AT SAINT SAVA CHURCH, LUNCH, PROGRAM. FELLOWSHIP

Meeting of the Lord

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Forty days after Christ was born he was presented to God in the Jerusalem Temple according to the Mosaic Law. At this time as well his mother Mary underwent the ritual purification and offered the sacrifices as prescribed in the Law. Thus, forty days after Christmas, on the second of February, the Church celebrates the feast of the presentation called the Meeting (or Presentation or Reception) of the Lord.

The meeting of Christ by the elder Simeon and the prophetess Anna (Lk 2:22-36) is the main event of the feast of Christ’s presentation in the Temple. It was “revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Lk 2:26) and, inspired by the same Spirit, he came to the Temple where he met the new-born Messiah, took him in his arms and said the words which are now chanted each evening at the end of the Orthodox Vesper service:

Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for the revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Thy people Israel (Lk 2:29-32).

At this time as well Simeon predicted that Jesus would be the “sign which is spoken against” and that he would cause “the fall and the rising of many in Israel.” He also foretold Mary’s sufferings because of her son (Luke 22:34-35). Anna also was present and, giving thanks to God “she spoke of Jesus to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Lk 2:38).

The celebration of the Meeting of the Lord in the Church is not merely an historical commemoration. Inspired by the same Holy Spirit as Simeon, and led by the same Spirit into the Church of the Messiah, the members of the Church also can claim their own “meeting” with the Lord, and so also can witness that they too can “depart in peace” since their eyes have seen the salvation of God in the person of his Christ.

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Full of Grace! From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, enlightening those who sat in darkness! Rejoice and be glad, O righteous elder; you accepted in your arms the Redeemer of our souls who grants us the resurrection (Troparion).

By Thy nativity, Thou didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb. And didst bless Simeon’s hands, O Christ our God. Now Thou hast come and saved us through love. Grant peace to all Orthodox Christians, O only Lover of man (Kontakion).

THE THREE HOLY HIERARCHS-Divine Liturgy

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During the reign of the Emperor Alexius Comnenus (1081-1118), a controversy arose in Constantinople among men learned in Faith and zealous for virtue about the three holy Hierarchs and Fathers of the Church, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. Some argued for Saint Basil above the other two because he was able, as none other, to explain the mysteries of the Faith, and rose to angelic rank by his virtues. Organizer of monastic life, leader of the entire Church in the struggle with heresy, austere and demanding shepherd as to Christian morals, in him there was nothing base or of the earth. Hence, said they, he was superior to Saint Chrysostom who was by nature more easily inclined to absolve sinners.

The partisans of Saint Chrysostom retorted that the illustrious Archbishop of Constantinople had been no less zealous than Saint Basil in combating vices, in bringing sinners to repentance and in raising up the whole people to the perfection of the Gospel. The golden-mouthed shepherd of matchless eloquence has watered the Church with a stream of homilies in which he interprets the divine word and shows its application in daily life with more accomplished mastery than the two other holy Doctors.

According to a third group, Saint Gregory the Theologian was to be preferred to the others by reason of the majesty, purity and profundity of his language. Possessing a sovereign mastery of all the wisdom and eloquence of ancient Greece, he had attained, they said to such a pitch in the contemplation of God that no one had been able to express the dogma of the Holy Trinity as perfectly as he.

With each faction setting up one of the Fathers against the other two in this way, the whole Christian people were soon caught up in the dispute, which far from promoting devotion to the Saints in the City, resulted in nothing but ill-feeling and endless argument. Then one night the three holy Hierarchs appeared in a dream to Saint John Mauropus, the Metropolitan of Euchaïta (5 Oct.), separately at first, then together and, speaking with a single voice, they said: “As you see, the three of us are with God and no discord or rivalry divides us. Each of us, according to the circumstances and according to the inspiration that he received from the Holy Spirit, wrote and taught what befits the salvation of mankind. There is not among us a first, a second or a third, and if you invoke one of us the other two are immediately present with him. Therefore, tell those who are quarrelling not to create divisions in the Church because of us, for when we were on earth we spared no effort to re-establish unity and concord in the world. You can conjoin our three commemorations in one feast and compose a service for it, inserting the hymns dedicated to each of us according to the skill and knowledge that God has given you. Then transmit it to the Christians with the command to celebrate it each year. If they honor us thus as being with and in God, we give them our word that we will intercede for their salvation in our common prayer.” At these words, the Saints were taken up into heaven in a boundless light while conversing with one another by name.

Saint John immediately assembled the people and informed them of this revelation. As he was respected by all for his virtue and admired for his powerful eloquence, the three parties made peace and every one urged him to lose no time in composing the service of the joint feast. With fine discernment, he selected 30 January as appropriate to the celebration, for it would set the seal to the month in which each of the three Hierarchs already had a separate commemoration (Saint Basil – January 1; Saint Gregory – January 25; Saint John (translation of relics) – January 27).

The three Hierarchs—an earthly trinity as they are called in some of the wonderful troparia of their service—have taught us in their writings and equally by their lives, to worship and to glorify the Holy Trinity, the One God in three Persons. These three luminaries of the Church have shed the light of the true Faith all over the world, scorning dangers and persecutions, and they have left us, their descendants, this sacred inheritance by which we too can attain to utmost blessedness and everlasting life in the presence of God and of all the Saints.

With the feast of the three Hierarchs at the end of January—the month in which we keep the memory of so many glorious bishops, confessors and ascetics—the Church in a way recapitulates the memory of all the Saints who have witnessed to the Orthodox faith by their writings and by their lives. In this feast we honor the whole ministry of teaching of the holy Church, namely, the illumination of the hearts and minds of the faithful through the commemoration of all the Fathers of the Church, those models of evangelic perfection which the Holy Spirit has raised up from age to age and from place to place to be new Prophets and new Apostles, guides of souls heavenward, comforters of the people and fiery pillars of prayer, supporting the Church and confirming her in the truth.

February 2016 Monthly Bulletin and Service Schedule

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Download file: February 2016 Calendar

SAINT SAVA CELEBRATION – RECITAL & BANQUET

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We invite you all dear parishioners to a formal Saint Sava Celebration, Recital and Banquet, to be held on February 06, beginning at 6 pm. Let us rejoice in celebrating our Patron and Protector Saint Sava, enjoying good program, Serbian Cuisine and live music.

Hosts of this year’s celebration are Milan & Aleksandra Stefanovic with their children.

Admission is free for everyone!!!